06 October 2014

Mystery Monday: Who is John Still buried up Doe Run?

Many of my Still family members are buried at Doe Run Cemetery, across from Doe Run Presbyterian Church in East Fallowfield on Strasburg Road. In randomly searching PA Death Certificates for Stills of Chester County, I found a John S. Still who I have never heard of before and cannot find much information on so of course he is my mystery subject today!

The Death Certificate reveals that he died at the Chester County Home in Embreeville in West Bradford Township. His birthdate was unknown but he was believed to be 78. The informant, a hospital administrator no doubt, did not know who John's parents were but did indicate they had both been born in the state. Born in Pennsylvania, he had been a laborer. He was a widower.

The physician had tended to John since 13 June 1905. One could surmise then that John had been in the hospital since that time. He died 6 May 1910 from "exhaustion of senility" at 6 p.m. "Exhaustion of senility" is an archaic medical term. Today that may translate to Alzheimer's or even dementia.

I do actually have a John S. Still in my family. He is the son of my 3rd Great Grandparents, George David and Sarah Bing Still. My John was the oldest of six children, having been born 3 October 1832. He married Edith Naylor. They had one child: Clara, born 1878. He passed 7 May 1910. He is buried at Hephzibah Baptist Church in East Fallowfield.

Mystery Monday is a prompt from GeneaBloggers encouraging posts about mystery ancestors or mystery records – anything in your genealogy and family history research which is currently unsolved.
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.